Austin Chapter of the American Statistical Association
“Goal Programming and Data Envelopment Analysis as Methods for Estimating, Planning and Evaluating Organization Performances”
“Goal Programming” has been used in many different ways on many different problems. For example, it has been used to estimate LAV (Least Absolute Value) regressions in order to determine “executive salaries” for the major industrial appliance division of the General Electric Co. and it has been used to plan “equal opportunity employment programs” for the Office of Civilian Manpower Planning in the U.S. Navy. Currently, as noted in the attached paper, it is, by far, the most frequently used method for multi criteria decision making with multiple objectives.
“Data Envelopment Analysis” is directed to the complementary problem of evaluating and controlling actual performances. Based on non-parametric concepts it is being extensively used in many problems ranging from evaluating the performances of schools, hospitals and police forces as well as military recruiting and other activities, and is now being used to select the location of a new capital, in place of Tokyo, in Japan. In “A Bibliography of Data Envelopment Analysis (1978-2001)” by G. Tavares--which is to appear in Socio-Economic Planning Sciences--lists more than 3200 papers, books, etc., written by more than 1600 authors in more than 42 countries--all since the 1978 appearance of the paper on this topic by A. Charnes, W.W. Cooper and E. Rhodes in the European Journal of Operational Research.
Time permitting, joint uses of these two approaches in combination with customary statistical methods, such as ordinary least squares regressions, will be explored.